Aha Shake Heartbreak

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  • Summary: Ethan Johns produced this sophomore album for southern rockers and brothers Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew Followill. (OK, so Matthew is only a cousin, but he was still allowed to join the band.)

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The Bucket
I'll be the one to show you the way You'll be the one to always complain Three in the morning, come a-bang-bang-bang All out of fags and I just can't... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 100
    Now the melodies are sharper, the scissor kicks are higher and the grooves are, er, groovier.
  2. Ignore the lyric booklet and you have one of the more impressive albums of 2004.
  3. The lyrical terrain is insultingly common (girls, life on the road, girls), yet the band has such an idiosyncratic method of expression that makes these everyday themes sound – at least over the course of each song – radically inspired.
  4. Apart from Caleb Followill’s distinctive, growly vocals--half-man half-grizzly--this could be a completely different band. A much better band. It’s quite an incredible transformation--and I’ll say this upfront: it doesn’t matter what you thought of their debut, you should listen to this album.
  5. If Youth and Young Manhood was Kings of Leon tentatively using well-tested implements, Aha Shake Heartbreak is the sound of a group boldly forging a unique identity from common tools that have been stripped of all pretense and decoration.
  6. There's plenty to enjoy on the new album and Kings of Leon seem willing to play it slow and become a career act.
  7. While this is drastically experimental by their standards, there is nothing here you haven't heard done infinitely better many times before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 74
  2. Negative: 8 out of 74
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    10
    there is not one bad song on this album, all the songs fit together like a glove. Caleb talks about not getting it up, taking cocaine, women'sthere is not one bad song on this album, all the songs fit together like a glove. Caleb talks about not getting it up, taking cocaine, women's nipples and having sex with hookers, he leaves no stone unturned, callsic album. Expand
  2. Rory
    May 5, 2005
    10
    Caleb's abrasive, yet tuneful, "two packs a day" vocals juxtaposed and the innovative anchoring of Jared has made this album my Caleb's abrasive, yet tuneful, "two packs a day" vocals juxtaposed and the innovative anchoring of Jared has made this album my favourite of all time. Drawing, or should the be re-drawing, from numerous musical stylings and centering them around the freedom of rock, has led to an explosive and refined listen. In other words: F*cking love it, so fresh and innovation, numero 3 shall be good, and finally give them the level of respec they deserve. Expand
  3. May 7, 2012
    10
    Kings of Leon made an amazing, if not better, follow-up to Youth and Young Manhood in 2004 with Aha Shake Heartbreak. This is, to me, the lastKings of Leon made an amazing, if not better, follow-up to Youth and Young Manhood in 2004 with Aha Shake Heartbreak. This is, to me, the last album KOL made in which I love every single song. It starts calmly with Slow Night, So Long but there are a mixture of songs on this album. It is definitely in my top 10 album list, an album everyone should listen to at least once. Expand
  4. Nymark
    Mar 8, 2005
    9
    a disjointed simple complexity that craves attention. this album is an intriguing adventure to say the least. as a recording it holds a lot a disjointed simple complexity that craves attention. this album is an intriguing adventure to say the least. as a recording it holds a lot of heart within its writing, production and performance, live on the other hand?... i'll find that out on the 9th july in newcastle, uk. bring it on. Expand
  5. Dec 14, 2010
    9
    Aha Shake Heartbreak is a major improvement from their first album. They slowed down their songs so much so it's an easier and smootherAha Shake Heartbreak is a major improvement from their first album. They slowed down their songs so much so it's an easier and smoother listen. It's a great sound and a wonderful listen. All In All, Aha Shake Heartbreak is a improvement from their fist album. A- Expand
  6. DylanE
    Mar 14, 2005
    8
    I Very much enjoyed this CD, I am pretty new to KOL but it still spurred me to recommend them to all of my friends. Tracks like Milk, The I Very much enjoyed this CD, I am pretty new to KOL but it still spurred me to recommend them to all of my friends. Tracks like Milk, The Bucket and Soft are absoloutly Killer tracks, I am hooked. Expand
  7. AlanR
    Feb 2, 2005
    0
    Only the most emotionally crippled people with no respect for the original rock legends these guys spunk on could possibly enjoy this.

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